Facial expressions are something that we often take for granted. The face is our platform to interact with the world, and our expressions are conveyed to others to help define us and interact with others. When a patient suffers from facial paralysis, he or she may lose complete ability to confidently interact with the world. Moreover, some patients may be perceived as being angry, upset, or aloof. We know how daunting facial paralysis can be and how many patients have been told to keep waiting or to be satisfied with the way the results they have. The Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Team at UCLA works to restore meaningful and expressive movement while performing eyelid surgeries to help protect the health of the eye. There are many causes of facial paralysis.
Smiles return after this facial paralysis surgery
Facial Paralysis Surgery | Johns Hopkins Medicine
Azizzadeh was a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show. This surgery involved a facelift and eyelift along with static facial suspension to restore static and dynamic symmetry to her smile and facial expressions. Azizzadeh was awarded the honor of serving as co-chairman of the 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium. At the Facial Paralysis Institute our mission is to help you or your loved one regain self-confidence and improve quality of life. Our goal is always to create the most natural smile possible through innovative non-invasive and surgical approaches. We deeply care about our patients and their ability to live life to the fullest. We look forward to taking care of you!
Facial paralysis can make it difficult to speak, blink, swallow or smile. When facial paralysis does not resolve on its own, surgery can address the problem. Result after two stage cross facial nerve graft and Gracilis flap for smile restoration to correct right sided facial paralysis resulting from resection of acoustic neuroma. To produce an engaging smile the procedure is tailored to lift the upper lip to show teeth, define the smile lines to match the unaffected side, raise the Malay fat pads to reflect light and raise the corners of the mouth evenly.
Andre Panossian is an internationally-recognized expert in the treatment of facial paralysis and addresses virtually all causes of facial nerve disorder. There are many ways to categorize the causes of facial paralysis, but most are based on facial nerve injury, compression, or inflammation. The facial nerve can be injured anywhere along its path from the brainstem all the way into the facial muscles themselves. There can be partial paralysis facial weakness with some facial movement or complete paralysis absolutely no movement.